Most people who “know me” know me will be able to answer this question: Who is Shonell’s favorite author? Answer? Bernice McFadden. Almost 20 years ago, I was an undergraduate and needed to come up with an idea for a research paper. I wanted to examine the portrayals of black women in fiction, and by […]
When working on Make Your Writing Bloom, my very dear sister from another mother and fellow writer Samara King suggested I add callouts in the book that contained quotes worth remembering. Below are a five quotes from MYWB to think on! Writing (or not writing) affects your body, mind, and spirit. ||||||| Fear can push […]
I think every author at some point is asked why they wrote the book they wrote. My answer to that question in regard to Make Your Writing Bloom is a simple one—I needed this book. I had languished for quite some time in the pit of no writing. I was doing plenty of editing. I […]
This week’s word is writing–specifically, what I am writing these days. For a long time, my writing was centered on writing comments on students’ papers and on editing clients’ manuscripts. However, before I was a teacher and before I was an editor, I was a writer. I AM a writer. And now more than ever, […]
At the start of 2017, I picked a word I wanted to keep close, to embed into my life. That word was LIVE. I wanted to live, in all that it means. As an intransitive verb, “live” means–among other things–to be alive, to have a life rich in experience. As a transitive verb, “live” means–among […]
If you’re a writer, you should be writing. Point. Blank. Period. And I’m one to talk because I’m a writer who is NOT writing, but I know I SHOULD BE writing, and that knowledge riddles me with guilt.
Rock the Tiara features women who are living their passion by any means necessary. August’s RtT Recipient is a woman I’ve known for YEARS, and she is one of the funniest, one of the realest, one of the most talented chicas in my squad: Julia Press Simmons! Read about her awesomeness below and check out […]